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Mister Herbie scores Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4

on 07/21/2012 2:00 AM
Mister Herbie and Jody Jamieson pulled an 8-1 upset in the 61st edition of $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday evening at Mohawk. Chapter Seven was the odds-on post-time favourite and was strong throughout the race, but Mister Herbie was better, getting up in the final strides to edge his rival in 1:50.4.  Hot Shot Blue Chip, at 71-1, was third. Mister Herbie, an Ontario-bred son of Here...
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World Record effort for Big McDeal in PASS win

on 07/21/2012 2:00 AM
Big McDeal, who has flown a bit under the radar in her division, will be a bigger deal now; she's a two-time world champion, thanks to her 1:49.1 victory Saturday in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division at The Meadows. It's the fastest ever by a sophomore filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track as well as the fastest distaff mile ever at the Meadows. The $299,558 event for 3-year-old filly pac...
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Three chances for Daley to repeat in Hambo

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley heads into the final weeks before the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 4, with three chances to repeat in harness racing's ultimate classic at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Daley has his 3-year-old trotters Gym Tan Laundry, Magic Tonight and Beer Summit all pointing in the right direction on the road to the Hambletonian eliminations July 28.   The 50-year-...
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Palone: "We're going to go down swinging"

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
Despite finishing fifth with Sweet Lou in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace last Saturday night, driver Dave Palone said his expectations have never been higher for the colt who will start in the first of two eliminations of the $600,000 Del Miller Adios Pace Saturday at his home track of The Meadows. "I'm going into the Adios with a good spot (post four),” Palone told harnessracing.com Friday ...
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McIntosh: "Having John is like having Allstate"

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of 8s is a great way to begin a poker hand, but it's not such an auspicious draw when you're trying to win the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios. Yet trainer Bob McIntosh must deal with that hand as his two Adios hopefuls, Thinking Out Loud and Dapper Dude, have drawn post 8 in Saturday's nine-horse eliminations.   McIntosh never has taken home the Adios orchids, a resume gap h...
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Retirement Foundation still needs farm

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
When the Standardbred Retirement Foundation was faced with time constraints to vacate the farm it made its headquarters for the past five years, the news made for a very busy few weeks.   While the organization is looking at prospective new homes, it is welcoming the increase in adoption inquiries. Of the 42 Standardbreds at the Hamilton, N.J., farm, 14 found loving adopted homes in P...
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Faraldo to represent US in Italy

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo, the president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association, is making arrangements to travel to Italy to represent the USA and compete in an international amateur driving competition on July 28-29 at Dell'ippodromo Paolo Sesto di Taranto in the province of Puglia.   The events in Italy will be held at Italy's southern most city, Taranto and the competition will see t...
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Batavia's 66th season underway on Monday

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
A bigger signature race, a new first race post time and Sunday afternoon racing in August are just some of the changes in store when racing returns for the 66th season on Monday, July 23, at Batavia Downs Casino. The pacers and trotters will meet at America's oldest lighted harness track for 72 exciting race dates.   The Robert J. Kane Memorial Invitational Pace, the track's sign...
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Check Me Out to race in Hambo Oaks

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
Ray Schnittker told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that he has decided to race his 3-year-old filly trotter Check Me Out in the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks and not enter her against the colts in the $1.5 million Hambletonian. Eliminations for both races are scheduled for Saturday, July 28, at the Meadowlands, with the finals on Saturday, Aug. 4. "I have to do what's best for the horse...
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One 'geant' step for Brayford

on 07/20/2012 2:00 AM
This coming Saturday will be no ordinary one for Alliston resident Fred Brayford. The 76 year old will eagerly wait for 9:42 p.m., post time for the 61st edition of the Maple Leaf Trot, in hopes that Windsong Geant can provide him with another thrilling performance.   The 5-year-old son of Kadabra has been terrific thisyear for Brayford, who co-owns the gelding with The Brabant Stable...
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2YO UF Tadys Donato 1:57 winner in PASS

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
UF Tadys Donato avoided a breaker at the top of the lane Wednesday at The Meadows and went on to capture a division of a $306,536 Pennsylvania Sires Stake in 1:57, matching the stake record. The event for 2-year-old filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, was conducted over four divisions, with Frau Blucher, Ruffleshaveridges and True Valentine taking the other splits.   UF Tadys Dona...
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Jamieson wins again--at the Grand River mike!

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson took the microphone--and the spotlight--in a special Wednesday night edition of From Bike To Mic on July 18 at Grand River Raceway. A staple of the track's Fun & Frivolity Friday Night cards, the series puts harness drivers in the announcer's booth to call a race.   Jamieson called race seven, the F&M Preferred Pace. His animated call borrowed shamelessly from...
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Lady Riviera sets Mighty M mark in NYSS

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
With the temperature hovering around 91 degrees and the racetrack lightning fast New York-bred freshman trotting fillies were front and center at Monticello Raceway with five divisions of the $148,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and three $12,800 splits in the Excelsior Series.   Right out of the box in the very first $28,362 NYSS split a new track record was established by Lady Riviera w...
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Burke, Palone talk about Sweet Lou

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, the best 2-year-old pacer in harness racing last year, hasn't been able to match that performance in the marquee events of 2012. He finished fourth as the favorite in the North America Cup final, fifth as the big threat in the final of last week's Meadowlands Pace. But that doesn't mean trainer Ron Burke would characterize his performance as disappointing. "I might be disappointed w...
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Anthony MacDonald going into politics

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Ontario-based driver Anthony MacDonald, 35, has been approved as a Progressive Conservative party candidate in the next provincial election in the riding (subdivision) of Guelph-Wellington. MacDonald has been a strong vocal opponent of the government's plan to end the slots-at-racetracks program. He told The Canadian Sportsman's Dave Briggs, "I don't want to see (the horse racing industry) ruin...
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New shoes to aid Tall Cotton in Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Blacksmith Steve Durand would love to add Tall Cotton's horseshoes to a growing collection after the gelding takes on nine rivals in the $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday at Mohawk.   The only set of shoes that currently hang on the wall of his trailer are the ones worn by his father's trotter, Whiskey Tax. They're the shoes that the bay wore when he finished second to Broad Bahn in...
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Balmoral handle up $17 million in 2012

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park reported surging handle growth in the first half of 2012 showing an increase of 27 percent in handle versus the first six months of 2011. Total combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $80,909,290 for 76 programs in 2012 was an increase of $17,469,771 compared to the 2011 combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $63,439,518 on 75 programs .   The nightly average at Balmoral rose to $1,064,595...
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Tompkins-Geers rolls into Tioga

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit events begin its stay at Tioga Downs beginning Thursday night at 6:50 p.m. Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts lead off the five-day stretch of live racing.   Tioga Downs will race Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and Monday evening at 6 ...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. The Maple Leaf Trot and Roses Are Red are the featured races at Mohawk Saturday night and trainers Linda Toscano (Chapter Seven) and Chris Ryder (Put On A Show) offer their thoughts about their chances. Also in this edition, Ron Burke talks a...
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2YO colt Aperfectyankee trots 1:56.4 mile

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighted the nine race card on Thursday night at Tioga Downs.   Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) established a new stakes record for 2-year-old trotting colts in the second division with a wire to wire effort in 1:56.4. The 2-year-old son of Yankee Glide–Asixpakfromperfect cut throug...
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